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Voters Talk Texas Runoff Election

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(KCEN) -- It was a rainy day at polling places across Central Texas, but that didn't stop voters from having their say. "Every race is an important race, even if it's county level," voter George Harvey said.

Statewide races dominate Tuesday's ballot -- and it's a big one for the Republican Party. Ken Paxton and Dan Branch are both vying for the Republican Attorney General nomination. Some voters say the biggest match-up is between Republicans Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst for Lieutenant Governor. "In case something happens...we need someone that has the qualifications to take over," voter Don Williams said.

Early voting numbers for McLennan County show a small turnout with just over 3,500 ballots cast, but Elections Administrator Kathy E. Van Wolfe says it's no surprise. "We do expect it to be a lower turnout because it is a runoff election," Van Wolfe said. "We only have one local race, the others are statewide."
     
That local race for McLennan County is for Democrats to decide on a nomination for Justice of the Peace, Precinct Number Seven. In Bell County, Republicans have to decide on a District Clerk.

Local or not, voters say it still matters. "If you don't know the candidates that are representing you, then you don't know what they're representing you with," Harvey said.

The polls are open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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